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September 2011

Advice from Your Ontario Vet – Should You Kennel Your Cat?

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As loving pet owners, we’d all love to bring our animal companions with us every time we leave town. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. Whether you’re called away on business, or the place where you’ll be staying simply doesn’t accommodate pets, there are situations when you must seek alternate arrangements. If you’re thinking about possibly boarding your cat somewhere during your next trip out of town, here are a few tips from your Ontario vet to help you determine if it’s a good idea.

What’s the Situation?

Obviously, the decision on whether to board your cat at a kennel depends mainly on your unique situation. Any Ontario vet would recommend first trying to find a friend or family member to care for your cat in your own home. If this is not possible, or if your cat has special needs that require more attention and care than an occasional home visit, boarding may be the best option for you.

Do Your Homework

If you’re leaning more toward kenneling your cat, try to plan the stay as far in advance as possible. Most cats are creatures of habit and dislike change, so finding a place that your cat will feel comfortable with will take some leg work. Contact your Ontario vet to see if they offer boarding services, or if there is a particular kennel they feel comfortable recommending.

Prepare Ahead of Time

If you’ve never boarded your cat before, you’ll probably feel a little anxious about it, as will your feline companion. It’s a good idea to bring your cat to the boarding facility you choose before you set off on your trip so that he or she can become familiar with the surroundings and the staff there.

Keep the Kennel Informed

Most boarding facilities require proof from your Ontario vet that your cat is healthy and up to date on all vaccinations. You’ll also want to provide the kennel with any special instructions or unique needs your cat may have, as well as contact information for you and your Ontario vet, in case of emergency.

Deciding to board your cat can be a difficult choice – one that depends on your unique situation. Work with your Ontario vet to determine what type of care is best suited for your cat. If you do decide to kennel, be sure to do your homework and prepare ahead of time. Doing so will make the process much less stressful for both of you.